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The ABC might have the Chaser Team covering the coming Australian Federal Election, but Google has just notified the press that its 'Google election team' is back with info and initiatives to keep Australians politically connected - from July 28. Here's what we know so far'¦

On Wednesday the 28th of July, Google is launching its 'Google Election 2010' initiative with some Federal politicians, Google engineers, the Australian Electoral Commission, students from local secondary schools, submitted YouTube videos with questions and/or comments, and journalists.

The Google election team says it 'is back to launch initiatives to connect Australians with political information and to encourage even more participation online.'

The event will have a welcome address by Karim Temsamani, Managing Director, Google Australia and NZ.

This will be followed by the actual launching of Google's election initiatives by Google's Engineering Director for Australia and New Zealand, Alan Noble.

Following this will be an address from The Honourable Kate Lundy, Senator for the ACT and member of the Australian Labor Party.

She will be followed by the The Honorable Joe Hockey, MP and Shadow Treasurer of the Australian Liberal Party.

We'll then have an address from Mr Doug Orr, the State Manager for NSW division of the Australian Electoral Commission.

The event will conclude with a panel discussion featuring Senator Kate Lundy, MP Joe Hockey, Mr Doug Orr, media, school students, and videos submitted via YouTube.

Presumably we'll see Google Trends type offerings for political searches, search popularity ratings for politicians and policies and a host of other Googly stuff to keep political junkies high on the good stuff right up until the election date of August 21 - and potentially beyond.

So'¦ we'll have more information to share on the 28th of July, but until then, enjoy the political circus - and when you do vote, vote wisely!

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

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One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks, including stints as presenter of Ch 10’s Internet Bright Ideas, Ch 7’s Room for Improvement and tech expert on Ch 9’s Today Show, among many other news and current affairs programs.

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